GREENSBORO, N.C. – Duke senior quarterback Sean Renfree, junior offensive tackle Perry Simmons, and freshman running back Jela Duncan headline a list of eight players named as the Atlantic Coast Conference Football Players of the Week, announced by the conference on Monday. Renfree threw for 276 yards, Simmons helped the offense compile 510 yards, and Duncan totaled 118 all-purpose yards as the Blue Devils became bowl eligible for the first time in 18 years with a 33-30 win over North Carolina.
OFFENSIVE BACK – Sean Renfree, Duke, R-Senior, QB, 6-5, 225, Scottsdale, Ariz.
Renfree led Duke to a 33-30 win over North Carolina by completing 23 of 36 (.639) passes for 276 yards with one touchdown and one interception. The senior engineered a game-winning, 14-play, 87-yard drive that resulted in a 5-yard touchdown pass to Jamison Crowder on 4th-and-2 with 13 seconds left in the game. On the drive, he completed 8-of-11 (.727) passes for 78 yards including the TD and converted three 3rd-down chances through the air as well as the 4th-down conversion for the touchdown. Renfree directed the Duke offense to 510 yards of total offense – the highest total of the David Cutcliffe era versus ACC competition – against a Tar Heel defense that entered the week ranked third in the ACC and 22nd nationally in total defense, allowing just 327.0 yards per game.
OFFENSIVE LINEMAN – Perry Simmons, Duke, R-Junior, OT, 6-5, 300, Raleigh, N.C.
Simmons spearheaded Duke’s 33-30 win over North Carolina by playing all 91 offensive snaps and helping the Blue Devil offense compile 510 yards of total offense against a Tar Heel defense that entered the week ranking third in the ACC. Simmons was a key component of Duke’s offensive front that opened holes for a ground attack that amassed 234 yards – the highest output under David Cutcliffe at Duke. Simmons and the offensive line protected quarterback Sean Renfree, who completed 23 of 36 passes for 276 yards, and only allowed one quarterback sack to a North Carolina squad that entered the game tied for third in the conference in sacks per game (2.43).
ROOKIE – Jela Duncan, Duke, Freshman, RB, 5-10, 200, Charlotte, N.C.
Duncan helped Duke to a 33-30 win over North Carolina by totaling 118 all-purpose yards and scoring one touchdown. The rookie running back rushed 22 times for 74 yards, caught three passes for 12 yards, and returned two kickoffs for 32 yards. His 2-yard touchdown was his third rushing score in the last four games. On Duke’s game-winning, 14-play, 87-yard drive, Duncan converted a 3rd-and-6 from the North Carolina 19 yard line with a 6-yard reception. Duncan was a key component of Duke’s ground attack that amassed 234 yards against a Tar Heel defense that entered the game ranked third in the ACC and 14th nationally against the run, surrendering just 99.7 yards per contest.